UPDATED: The Family Asthma Study - Community-Based Intervention Research Study

This project is ongoing.

The Family Asthma Study is seeking undergraduate research assistants (RAs) with an interest in community-based research, health disparities, and behavioral interventions among low-SES Latinx families. The Family Asthma Study is testing a family-based program that helps kids and their parents manage and learn about their asthma. Undergraduate RAs will gain valuable knowledge and experience about the delivering and evaluating a family-based behavioral health intervention. Opportunities for independent research and course credit are available.

Opportunities starting in Summer and Fall 2024: We are seeking undergraduate research assistants to conduct family assessments, code observations and interviews, conduct literature reviews, and conduct data management and analyses. On-site, community-based, and virtual/hybrid opportunities are available. Please submit your application prior to the start of the Fall 2024 semester for full consideration.

If interested, submit your application at the link below or contact Dr. Erin Rodriguez (erodriguez@austin.utexas.edu) with any questions.

  • Interest in gaining experience in psychology, child development, or health research
  • Interest in working with Latinx families
  • Interest in gaining experience in collecting and coding data
  • Highly motivated, detail-oriented, conscientious, and reliable
  • Able to communicate and effectively with other lab members
  • Proficiency in Spanish is preferred, but not required

Students must be able to commit to at least 10 hours/week and at least 2 long semesters, and register for 1 semester of EDP 379L (independent research in Educational Psychology) or a related research course at UT. 


Duties may include one or more of the following activities:

  • Conducting interviews and assessments with families that are enrolled in the study
  • Attending community-based recruitment events to recruit new families
  • Supporting the training of community-based intervention facilitators 
  • Coding intervention sessions and family interviews
  • Conducting literature reviews
  • Preparing materials and other administrative activities necessary for assessments and intervention sessions

Opportunities for co-authorship on presentations and manuscripts are available to highly motivated and involved students. 

Typical Time Commitment
10 hrs/wk
Desired Length of Commitment
At least 2 long semesters (e.g., fall and spring).


The Office of Undergraduate Research recommends that you attend an info session or advising before contacting faculty members or project contacts about research opportunities. We'll cover the steps to get involved, tips for contacting faculty, funding possibilities, and options for course credit. Once you have attended an Office of Undergraduate Research info session or spoken to an advisor, you can use the "Who to contact" details for this project to get in touch with the project leader and express your interest in getting involved.

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